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THE WAY BACK
USA: Newmarket Films
UK: Entertainment One UK
Cast: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Mark Strong, Dragos Bucur, Sally Edwards, Alexandru Potocean, Gustaf Skarsgard, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Zahari Baharov, Igor Gnezdilov, Deyan Angelov, Stanislav Pishtalov, Marii Grigorov, Nikolai Stanoev, Stefan Shterev, Yordan Bikov, Ruslan Kupenov, Nikolai Mutafchiev, Valentin Ganev, Anton Trendafilov, Pearce Quigley, Satar Dikambaev, Temirhan Tursungaliyev, An-Zung Le, Haruhiko Hal Yamanouchi, Meglena Karalambova, Irinei Konstantinov
Director: Peter Weir
USA & UK: 133 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for violent content, depiction of physical hardships, a nude image and brief strong language
UK Certificate: 12A contains infrequent strong language, moderate violence and sex references
USA Release Date: 21 January 2011
UK Release Date: 26 December 2010 (Limited Release)
Inspired by Slavomir Rawicz's acclaimed novel, "The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom" as well as other real life accounts, THE WAY BACK is directed by six time Oscar nominated Peter Weir (WITNESS, MASTER AND COMMANDER and DEAD POET'S SOCIETY). It is a remarkable adventure story chronicling the escape of a small group of multi-national prisoners from a Siberian gulag in 1940 and their epic life affirming journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries.
A heroic story of survival, solidarity and indomitable human will THE WAY BACK was shot in Bulgaria, Morocco and India, and stars Jim Sturgess (ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL), Ed Harris (APPALOOSA) and Colin Farrell (IN BRUGES) as prisoners of a Soviet Union labour camp, who, along with four others, flee their Siberian Gulag and begin a treacherous journey across thousands of miles of hostile terrain.
Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (ATONEMENT, THE LOVELY BONES) and Mark Strong (THE YOUNG VICTORIA, SHERLOCK HOLMES) co-star. Written by Weir and Keith Clarke, the film is Peter's first since 2003's MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD.